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Champions in Action: Mainframe to Security, Satellite to AIX

By Libby Ingrassia posted Wed March 24, 2021 02:20 PM


Meet these 5 IBM Champions

Lella Violet Halloum

Lella is 16 and is passionate for bridging the gap between industry and the classroom. She wants to be involved in closing the digital skills gap while seeking to break stereotypes surrounding the industry. She benefits from the support of her strong female mentors and aspires to follow in their footsteps. She enjoys engaging in tech-related events, and is proud to be an IBM Z Global Student Hub Senator, allowing her to bring the ideas of her generation to the table through hosting the #zStudents open discussion series which is entirely for, with and by students.

As an IBM Champion, Lella continues leading the zStudents Committee for the IBM Z Global Student Hub. This includes leading weekly skills-building sessions, bi-weekly meetings, daily slack updates and stand-ups with individuals coordinating upcoming events. I've played a vocal role in the redesign of the zAmbassador programme looking forward, analysing feedback provided through surveys, design thinking workshops, etc.

She's also focused on content creation & evangelism via social media resharing the work of my zStudents peers via Twitter, LinkedIn & on private networks. Check her recent blog post about her experiences.

Connect to Lella here in the IBM Community, Twitter, or LinkedIn

Pat Birkeland

For the past 10 years Pat has led a team responsible for the architecture and service delivery for the enterprise analytics PaaS offerings for a Dow Jones company. The scale of these solutions has resulted in multiple presentation opportunities at annual IBM and Tableau conferences in addition to being a part of the IBM Analytics customer advisory board. Pat is active in supporting Cognos and sharing tips on implementation in the forums.

Connect with Pat on LinkedIn or here at the IBM Community.

Ralf Roeber

With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Ralf has the ability to understand and solve problems effectively and efficiently. His in-depth technical knowledge (which includes OSI Level 2 - 7) gives him the outstanding ability to judge the feasibility of proposals and to immediately solve issues that have risen during the "go live" of various projects rolling into production. In addition to the technical knowledge, in his business relations he focuses on 120% customer satisfaction. A combination of his technical skills and his commitment to customer service, his advice is respected and requested from various groups.

As an IBM Champion, Ralf has been active in the IBM Community, answering questions and blogging. He has also been talking about ngx-network-error library and integration with IBM Cognos and sharing scripts and other content on GitHub.

Connect with Ralf on LinkedIn, Stack Overflow, or here on IBM Community.

Janine Tatham

Janine is the VP, Strategic Accounts at NexJ Health, where she's responsible for developing, executing and delivering on global go-to-market strategies to grow strategic business for NexJ Health. Janine holds a bachelor's degree in Honours Economics with a minor in Gerontology from the University of Waterloo, where she was a member of the women's varsity golf team. Janine was recently featured in the book Trusted Healers: Dr. Paul Grundy and the Global Healthcare Crusade, by Dan Pelino and Bud Ramey, where she speaks about the future of healthcare: people-centred health, advanced virtual care, and machine learning for precision medicine.

Janine worked with IBM on a partner hero film that talks about a program aiming to provide people in isolation with trusted information and to improve mental health management.

Connect with Janine on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

Michael Cotignola

Michael Cotignola is a Principal Software Consultant supporting BMC's DB2 Mainframe Solutions. In this role, he helps his clients maximize the value they receive from BMC's DB2 products. Michael has worked in IT since 1975 in numerous IT disciplines, including operations, application development, and database administration. He has been working with DB2 since version 1.1. Prior to joining BMC Software in 1996, Michael was a Managing Consultant for a large telecommunications and technology firm in Canada.

Michael is a past president of IDUG and continues to be involved with IDUG in several capacities. Last year, for example, he spoke at several regional user groups on Db2 12, at IDUG North America on the value of optimized Db2 utilities, and supported Central Canada Db2 UG as part of the planning committee.

Connect with Michael at LinkedIn.

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1 comment



Fri March 26, 2021 06:16 AM

Excelente informe, Libby !